You don't need to be an HVAC contractor to service your system. Of course, there are many jobs that need to be handled by professionals, but there are a few simple project that you should do yourself. If you don't do some basic HVAC DIY maintenance, your system is definitely going to become less efficient over the years. Luckily, some of the most important jobs are also the easiest to handle. This article explains two DIY jobs that are going to improve the long-term functionality and efficiency of your entire HVAC system.
Keep Your AC Unit Clean
One of the most important things is to keep your AC unit cleaned. This is because the AC unit, which is located on the outside of your house, gets dirty very quickly. Luckily, it is also very easy to clean. The exterior side walls of an AC unit are lined with condenser coils. These coils consist of aluminum ridges, called fins, with little gaps in between them. The space in between the individual gaps can get dirty very easily if wind kicks up dirt and dust. If the space in between the fins is dirty, it is going to slow down the condensing process and make your AC unit less productive.
All you need to do to clean your AC unit is spray it down with the hose. This should wash out most of the dirt. However, if you have never clean your condenser coils on your AC unit, the dirt stuck in between the fence might not be so easy to remove. You might need to invest in coil cleaning solution that will help break down the dirt. You simply rub the solution into the coils and let it sit for a few minutes as it breaks down the dirt, then you wash it out with water.
Clean the Evaporator
Another important thing to do, when it comes to the long-term health of your HVAC system, is to clean your evaporator. The evaporator is located inside, next to the furnace cabinet. It is usually in a separate compartment and it's easy to find because it shaped like a pyramid. This has copper coils which can accumulate dust. Dust buildup in between the coils is problematic and should be cleaned. The coils can't be very fragile, so you want to clean them by hand and make sure you don't damage them.
With a clean evaporator and AC unit, your HVAC system is going to be much more efficient year round. For more information, contact a business such as Polk Air Conditioning.